Scripture Verse

Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

— Joel ii:13, Opening Sentence for Morning Prayer [Lent]

Parish Life

The Parish Life Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM, unless otherwise announced. Anyone who crosses the threshold of St Stephen’s is considered a member of the Parish Life Committee. The committee generally focuses on the planning of the major seasonal events described below. Minutes are posted in the archives.

Visit our gallery of photos from previous Parish Life events.

Regular Activities

Bridge Club Monday evenings at 6:30 PM. The Bridge Club meets in Quimby Hall and welcomes both beginners and experienced players for a rubber or two of friendly play. If you’ve always wanted to learn, or have been searching for an opportunity to brush up your skills, here’s your chance. Join us in the Parish Hall for an afternoon of run and relaxation.
Knitting Circle Thursday mornings at 10:00 AM. The Knitting Circle meets in the Parish Hall and makes shawls and other articles for the residents of Joseph Richey Hospice, Dr Bob’s Place, and various assisted living facilities in the area.
Women’s Club Lunch As announced. The Women’s Club meets about once a month for lunch at one of the many interesting restaurants in the area. Watch our blog for announcements.

Seasonal Activities

Summer Silly Suppers Thursdays at 5:30 PM. From the Summer Solstice (June 18th) until just before the Autumn Equinox (September 3rd), you can have a night off from the kitchen. Salad, an entrée, and dessert are available for a nominal price (as are soft drinks and wine), and a lively game of Bingo rounds out the evening.
Cookie Walk Held the first Saturday in December, St Stephen’s Cookie Walk is a neighbourhood legend. In addition to homemade cookies, cakes, jams, and brittle prepared by parishioners, the Cookie Walk offers holiday greens, small gifts, and St Stephen’s own Wild Rice and Bean Soup Mix.
Jam/Jelly Making In preparation for the Cookie Walk, there are regular jam– and jelly–making sessions in October and November. No previous experience is necessary. Watch our blog for notices of these jam sessions.
British Garden Party and Fête Held the first Saturday in May, St Stephen’s Garden Party has become a neighbourhood institution. We have a Tea Room, an outdoor Pub (the “Pheasant and Firkin”), a White Elephant booth, country dancers (and a May Pole), pipers, games of chance, and various “fun” races (usually involving burlap sacks or flapjacks).
Parish Picnics Held in the fall (generally mid–September) and the spring (the first or second Sunday in June), these picnics mark the beginning and end of the season for our Choir of Men & Boys.